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Unique welcomes new group ops chef from Jamie Oliver Restaurants

Unique Hospitality Management has appointed Charlie Barr to the new position of group operations chef.

Barr, who is responsible for supporting new openings, team and menu development, menu profitability and food safety, joins the company from Jamie Oliver Restaurants, where she spent 4.5 years as international operations/development chef supporting openings in countries including Canada, Brazil, Australia and Russia.

She reports to chef/director Mark Austin who oversees menu development and chef recruitment across the company's seven pubs.

The company offers quarterly changing menus with dishes cooked from fresh ingredients and handcrafted by skilled chefs.

A programme of food-led events is also run at the pubs including weekly steak nights, chicken nights, burger nights and regular themed food and drink dinners such as game nights.

Barr, who has 18 years' experience as a chef, said, 'I'm really excited to be working with the like-minded Unique Hospitality Management team who share the same passion for quality food made with great ingredients and who continually invest in and develop their kitchen teams.'

She added, 'I am looking forward to working in a managed business where chefs still have the opportunity to demonstrate their own creative flair on menus and work with amazing produce from quality British suppliers.'

Unique Hospitality Management has opened two new pubs this year - its first steak and seafood concept site The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill at Bow Brickhill, near Milton Keynes and its first pub in Oxfordshire - The Fox Inn at Boars Hill, a Star Pubs & Bars lease, which opened last month.

The company, which is led by managing director Andrew Coath, is aiming to have 15 pubs by 2019.

The company operates under the Enterprise Investment Scheme overseen by Rockpool Investments. It operates two divisions - Epic Pubs, which are its freehold pubs and Heroic Pubs which are its leasehold pubs.